- Book Style: Storybook for toddlers and children
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 3-5 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Not illustrations, but pictures of cute stuffed animals
- Age Target: 1-5 Years of Age
Daisy The Puppy Dog is a storybook for toddlers and young children from author Alice Chandler. Daisy (who’s a stuffed animal) is very sad because she just can’t do the things her friends can. Her friends are able to do a build towers, train tracks, and read, while Daisy is struggling with those tasks. Daisy tries to emulate her friends and finds herself in a few disasters. However, after a good suggestion from her family to get help from her friends, Daisy succeeds at learning some new skills.
What immediately struck me was just how incredibly cute this book was. It really takes a number of child-like elements and strikes a balance between fun and cute that I didn’t quite expect. See, I wouldn’t have expected pictures of stuffed animals to work out in a book, but I love the combination of that with the child-like font and the light blue/green background. When you put all of those elements together on a page, you simply end up smiling. I know both my little guy and I enjoyed the silliness of the book.
If you’ve read any of the other reviews on this website, then you know I love a good educational spin within a toddler’s book. This book delivers on that front, and I love that it’s subtle in its approach. I was really happy when I started to see the point of the story was to teach children to ask for help when they need it. As Daisy failed in her attempts, I didn’t know where we were headed and I was a bit unsure about the book. In the end, as she learned and became a master in each task she had previously failed at, I saw my child absorbing. I saw him absorbing that it was possible to learn and grow (and the fact is, we’ve struggled with that at times in our house).
Now, my little guy is 4 years old. That puts him right in the target market of 3-5 that the author states as being right for this book. However, I’m going to override that a bit and state that I think the book can safely be read to kids younger than 3 (likely down to 1). I can actually see where the real pictures will help even more with absorption of the story/moral. It’s easier to understand with the stuffed animals then it is with most illustrations.
In the end, this is a very cute storybook with what I consider to be a great lesson. At the mere cost of $1.99 USD, I can safely say this is worth a purchase. I’m betting your child will love the story and I’m also willing to bet you’ll open it up on your Kindle and read it more than a few times if you go buy it with the link below!
Thanks for reading, and for reading with your little ones,